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Saving Lives : Why the Media's Portrayal of Nurses Puts Us All at Risk - Sandy Summers

Saving Lives

Why the Media's Portrayal of Nurses Puts Us All at Risk

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Popular television shows like Grey’s Anatomy and House lead people to think that nurses simply push gurneys and drive romantic plots. Not so for the 12 million dedicated women and men working in the very real, very demanding field of nursing. Written by the leaders of The Truth About Nursing, Saving Lives highlights the essential role nurses play in health care and offers concrete steps to help nurses educate the public about their important profession.

“Saving Lives has a serious point, that the devaluation of nursing... discourages students from the field and contributes to a critical nursing shortage.” – Newsweek

“A stunning expose of the media’s inaccurate portrayals. It should be mandatory reading for media creators, physicians, policy makers, and the public.” – Diana J. Mason, RN, PhD, FAAN, Editor-in-Chief, American Journal of Nursing

""Saving Lives" has a serious point, that the devaluation of nursing--both by overlooking nurses' contributions to positive outcomes for patients, and more subtly by emphasizing their devotion, compassion and self-sacrifice over their lifesaving skills--discourages students from the field and contributes to a critical nursing shortage." --Newsweek

""Saving Lives" is an important book because it so clearly delineates how ubiquitous negative portrayals of nursing are in today's media, particularly three common stereotypes of nurses -- the "Naughty Nurse," the "Angel" and the "Battle Axe." --New York Times.com

""Every nurse should recognise the damage that negative portrayals of nursing in the press, films, television and even books can do to our image. ... This well-researched text explores the negative effects of adverse publicity and how it inhibits our professional growth. ... The book deserves wide reading. Hopefully some firebrand may even be driven to duplicate this study in th

Forewordp. vii
Introductionp. xi
Dangerous Ignorance: Why Our Understanding of Nursing Mattersp. 1
Who Are Nurses and Where Have They Gone?p. 3
A Few Notes on Nursing History
The Nursing Shortage
How Nursing's Image Affects Your Healthp. 23
Virtue and Vice: Some Roots of Our Media Stereotypes
Does What's in Our Brains Matter? How the Media Influences Nursing
The Great Divide: The Media Versus Real Nursingp. 55
Could Monkeys Be Nurses?p. 57
Media Portrayals of Nurses as Serious Professionals
“Is This All Nurses Do?” Media Contempt for Nursing Skill
If It's Important Work, Credit Anyone but a Nurse
Ghosts in the Machine: Nurses Go Missing in the Media
Can Any Helpful Person or Thing Be a Nurse?
Yes, Doctor! No, Doctor!p. 111
Are You Sure Nurses Are Autonomous? It Sure Looks Like Physicians Call All the Shots
Media Portrayals of the Nurse as Autonomous Professional
“Nurse, Hand Me My Laptop”: Media Portrayals of the Nurse as Handmaiden
The Naughtiest Nursep. 143
“Penny Shots for Naughty Nurses&rdquo: Why the Naughty Nurse Matters
Call Me Magdalene: Is Nursing the World's Oldest Profession?
Who Wants Yesterday's Girl?p. 169
The Work Feminism Forgot
The Male Nurse Action Figure: The Media Confronts Men in Nursing
You Are My Angelp. 193
What's Wrong, Angel?
Bless This Angel of Mercy Nurse Collectible Figurine!
Transcending the Angel: What Can Be Done?
Winning the Battle-Axe, Losing the Warp. 215
Tyrants, Bureaucrats, Monsters: Hollywood Celebrates Nursing Authority
Hovering Like Ghouls: Battle-Axes in Other Media
Advanced Practice Nurses: Skilled Professionals or Cut-Rate “Physician Extenders”?p. 231
Who Are APRNs and How Good Is Their Care?
“Midwifs” and Minor Ailments: APRNs in Hollywood
The Doctorate of Splinter Diagnosis: APRNs in the News Media
Seeking Better Understanding of Nursing — and Better Health Carep. 261
How We Can All Improve Understanding of Nursingp. 263
I'm a Citizen of the World. What Can I Do?
I'm a Member of the Media. What Can I Do?
I'm a Private Sector Health Care Executive. What Can I Do?
I'm a Government or Health Policy Maker. What Can I Do?
I'm a Health Worker but Not a Nurse. What Can I Do?
How Nurses Can Improve Their Own Imagep. 289
You Have the Power
Projecting a Professional Image Every Day
Educating the Media About Nursing
Message in a Bottle: Create Your Own Media
It's Up to Us
Acknowledgmentsp. 327
Endnotesp. 329?
About the Truth About Nursingp. 343
About the Authorsp. 344
Indexp. 345
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ISBN: 9781607146605
ISBN-10: 1607146606
Series: KAPLAN TRADE
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Published: 15th May 2010
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.508